The Daily Juice Cafe

Suddenly Austin is having an explosion of Raw Food. It used to be that the only all vegan places in town were Casa de Luz and the raw vegan bar at Whole Foods.  Now another place opened on 6th street called Borbloleta and a Cafe called Beets is still set to open as well on 5th street. I did a raw diet for a while back when the original Daily Juice was the only game in town. At their original location on Barton Springs they had a takeaway service with some raw sushi and a couple other items. It must have done really well for them because they opened a couple other locations including the Daily Juice Cafe in Hyde Park.  I went for the first time a couple weeks ago with my Mom and we really liked it so when I had the day off yesterday I took Mr. Smurf for a wild romp up to North Austin. I wish I would have taken some pictures of the interior, it is really nice and soothing with concrete floors, wooden tables, and natural light from big windows. It reminded me of Costa Rica it has a strong hippie vibe complete with a chill room and outdoor seating. There is a huge menu of mostly juice and smoothies and a little menu of entrees that has maybe seven items, including salads and they also have a couple of different specials. We got soup to start that was coconut curry, it was very Indian inspired a as you can see from the pictures turmeric was a key player.

Mr. Smurf got the BBQ coconut meat sandwich on Chia Seed bread. The cracker was a little too intense for me but I loved the coconut meat flavor and the sprouts were a nice contrast.

I was going to get the Thai Noodle bowl but it sold out right before I ordered which made me really sad so instead I got the enchilada plate which turned out to be the best thing we ordered. I had a very strange moment when they asked me if I wanted the mole filling or the cheese and I said “cheese”, but don’t worry it was sprouted sunflower seed cheese so it was vegan and completely delicious. I really want to try and make it at home. I have tried to make quite a few cooked cheeses but have stayed away from raw seed cheeses for a while and I can’t figure out why. They are so good and much better for you then soy products. There is a macadamia nut cheese in Raw Food Real World that I remember being really great. I would love to have the recipe for this one. The sauce on top was unrecognizable to me but it was very good and perfectly contrasted with the crunchy kale. The coconut cilantro tortillas were fantastic. I liked them a lot more than the sandwich bread. But it was altogether way too much food. I only ate half the plate and a couple bite of soup before I was ready for a nap.

All and all it was a great meal but next time I will go for the half portions so that I don’t spend the next two hours in a food coma.  I can’t believe two more raw places are opening! They are going to have a tough time if they want to be better than the Daily Juice.

8 thoughts on “The Daily Juice Cafe

  1. fortheloveofguava

    mm… I’ve been tempted to do some raw food but have been lacking motivation… there’s a pricey restaurant nearby that I’ll have to try because all that looks delicious… what was the BBQ “Meat” made out of ?

  2. Brian Kirk

    i ate at Daily Juice for the first time today & it was amazing! & tonight its guatemalan night at Casa de Luz! what a great vegan day in Austin.

  3. Steven

    St. Louis of all places is also seeing the same raw food movement going on. Our 1st Full Raw Vegan Bar will open in Clayton. A hip little place called VegaDeli. The one in Chesterfield has great food; but it’s not only 30% raw foods on the menu. The VegaDeli in Clayton is said to be 100% raw.

    Steven
    MBA Program
    University of Missouri Columbia

  4. Emmybear2

    Hi Dan,

    These receipe’s look Yummy! Congratulations on doing such a Yummy Good Job of offering RAW LIVE GOURMET FOOD THAT FEEDS THE BODY & SOUL.
    Go for it.
    I’d love to taste them, however, as you know , I’m in Colorado.

    Lets stay in touch.
    Namaste,
    Emmy

  5. Beka

    That enchilada sauce was Mole sauce! It is very popular in Oaxaca and I love it. I always want it but it usually has chicken stock in it, so I really wanted Keith to create not only a vegetarian, but raw version. He outdid himself as usual. It tastes fantastic!

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